phono stage

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  1. Sathyan

    Sathyan Second Unit

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    My Dad has a substantial LP collection he has not touched since he upgraded his receiver without a built in phono stage.

    So, which phono stage around $100 would you recommend?

    this is the system:
    BSR TT
    HK AV receiver
    Wharfedale full range speakers
    software - about 500 (VG to NM) LPs, mostly classical
    cartridge is MM (MC-capability not needed)


    I am considering the following phono pres:
    Parasound PPH-100
    DB Systems DB-8MM
    Sumiko Project Phonobox
    Music Hall Phono Pack
    NAD PP-2


    A battery-powered pre is not going to work.

    thanks,
    Sathyan
     
  2. Dan Marchewka

    Dan Marchewka Stunt Coordinator

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    I have the music hall phono pack and it works great. I have no complaints for the price. I am running it on a music hall mmf-5 into a transcendent sound grounded grid tube pre-amp. It sounds wonderful, much better than my music hall cd-25 into the same pre-amp.

    Dan
     
  3. gregD

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    I've got the Parasound, and have been extremely happy with it... I originally got it based on its low price as a temporary solution, but it performs so well I see no reason to upgrade... all of its musical attributes -- tonality, soundstage, dynamics, quietness -- are impressive... its level output is low compared to other components, but that's rendered irrelevant by everything else.
     
  4. Dan Marchewka

    Dan Marchewka Stunt Coordinator

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    One more nice thing about the Music Hall phono pack is that it accepts both MM and MC cartridges--a rare feat for it's price. I have heard the Parasound is very good for it's price as well.

    Dan
     

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